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30 English words that are rarely known to most people.





Every language has a list of rarely used words that very few people know. They are not commonly known because they are rarely needed. Why bother learning something that you will not use..right? But for us, language nerds, that's what gives meaning to our lives. Tracking down words and what they mean satisfies a curiosity that sits deep within us, whatever they mean. I wrote this article to satisfy that curiosity. So I brought to you 30 words that exist in English that you and other people probably don't know. Don't forget to share your favorite. 

Nillionaire 

Someone having little to no money.

Minimus

Your tiny toe or finger. 

Serendipity

Finding something good without looking for it. 

Quixotic

Unrealistically optimistic.

Caruncle 

The triangular pink areas at the corner of your eyes.

Agelast 

A person who never laughs.

Osculator

One who loves or one who is loved.

Callipygian 

Having large, round, succulent buttocks.

Limerance 

The state of being infatuated with someone.

Oxter  

Armpit.

Atrate 

Dressed in black.

Applepick 

steal someone's iPhone.

Axicolous 

Something that lives on rocks.

Metanoia 

Spiritual transformation.

Pauciloquent 

Concise.


                            

Jamais-vu 

The feeling familiar is being encountered for the first time

Laodicean 

Indifferent.

Cacoethes 

 Bad idea.

Vaticinate 

Predict.

Zoilism 

 Criticism.

Mephitic

 Smelly.

Dysania

The state of finding it extremely difficult to get out of bed in the morning.

Febrile

 Feverish.

Tittle 

The dot over an “i” or a “j”.

Idoneous 

Appropriate.

Kenspeckle

 Recognizable.

Tergiversate 

Equivocate.

Gigil 

The irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze something cute.

Malarkey 

 Nonsense or balderdash.

Bravado 

Someone who is full of false kind of courage that masks a hidden fear.
                               


Comments

  1. Hello, I have found your entry "Gigil" under a list of foreign words (Tagalog) that have no English equivalent, but it's on this list...?

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  2. Oooh, I know some of those! Bravado, surely, is familiar to many? And febrile, quixotic, and serendipity as well? ALL should be in daily usage in this Trumpian age! But thanks for caruncle! I've got this weird errant eyelash that grows there. NOW I can explain where it is! But if there isn't a word for it, then Wittgenstein must certainly still be correct: "That whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must remain silent." Or maybe make up a new word and shout it from the rooftop?!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. I thought it's déjà-vu, not jamais-vu.

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    1. Hey there, deja vu is the opposite of jamais vu.

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